This is Part 1 of a 2 part series where I will take a look at some players that I feel are either underrated or overrated. I enjoy the scouting process and always want to look back to see how my evaluations fared. I’m also not afraid to put my opinions and player grades out there, as I’m sure you can tell by my scouting reports. I hate the cookie-cutter mentality and hopping on the bandwagon with prospects like the media does. It’s bad for the draft community and I feel as though I wouldn’t actually be sharing my own personal thoughts instead just trying to “fit in” so I don’t get blasted for my reports.
This list consists of my favorite underrated players in the draft. The list is only limited to potential 1st rounders. I realize that not all of these guys are locks for the 1st round and that the draft is wildly unpredictable, but these players were considered 1st rounders for much of the off-season.
Courtney Upshaw – DE/OLB – Alabama
I’m puzzled at the recent negative buzz surrounding Upshaw. Many are saying his stock is slipping and it’s because teams don’t know where to play him. I think Upshaw can play anywhere. He can be effective standing up or with his hand in the dirt. He may not lack pure speed around the edge but that doesn’t mean he won’t be good at rushing the passer. He’s got tremendous strength and uses his hands better than any pass-rusher in this class. He’ll be a force against the run as well, unlike most of the other top rated guys. I see an all-around great player with the potential to be elite. Read more